Devi R. Thomas
Director, Shot@Life Campaign
Devi Ramachandran Thomas joined the UN Foundation in May 2011 as Director of Shot@Life, to manage the campaign and oversee the daily programmatic, communications, marketing, and fundraising needs of the campaign. Prior to joining the Foundation, Devi worked as a senior consultant in sustainability and cause marketing strategies. She also held the position of Director of Cause Branding at Cone, Inc, a leading cause communications agency where she specialized in corporate cause marketing campaigns and public-private partnerships. For over seven years, Devi has led strategic marketing, corporate social responsibility and shared value philanthropic campaigns, including work for clients such as Pfizer, ITT Corporation, Wal-Mart, and Western Union. She has worked on award-winning campaigns including ITT Watermark, ITT’s signature corporate citizenship program and Western Union’s Our World Our Family. She previously worked in marketing and communications at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City where she helped build the Inner City 100 brand. Devi holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and a Masters of International Relations from Boston University. She is a mother of a 1-year-old boy who receives his vaccinations right on schedule.
Blog Posts by Devi R. Thomas
What does the polio-like illness in California mean for polio globally?
I’m sure you have been following the medical cases in California where state health officials are tracking as many as 25 children who are displaying “polio-like” symptoms.
February 26, 2014
Every child counts
Last week, UNICEF released their annual State of the World’s Children report. This important report tracks how things like vaccines and education impact children’s lives worldwide.
February 6, 2014
Let's celebrate a polio-free India
January 13, 2014 marks three years since the last case of wild polio in India. In March, we expect the World Health Organization (WHO) to official certify India as polio-free.
January 13, 2014
Vaccinations are a Life and Death Issue in NBC’s Sci-Fi Drama Revolution
NBC's futuristic drama Revolution is set more than 15 years into a worldwide blackout that has plunged the US into warring factions and a primitive existence. When disaster strikes like this, vaccinations can’t be produced or stored, and killer diseases return.
November 6, 2013
A reason to celebrate
On September 15, my son, Noah, celebrated his third birthday. In the midst of the party balloons, train-shaped cookies and chocolate cake, I thought of another reason for parents to celebrate around the world.
September 20, 2013
Let’s get this party started
Shot@Life officially launched one year ago during World Immunization Week! This year, bloggers from across the country are joining in the celebration by sharing stories of Shot@Life Champions and the work they are doing to help children around the world get a shot at a healthy life...
April 24, 2013
Be part of something big
We want you to be a part of something big. Here is your chance...
April 24, 2013
It's our birthday. Let's celebrate together.
There is something magical about birthdays – turning a year older and celebrating the milestones of the past year and all the excitement to come in the next...
April 17, 2013
It’s Simple: Refer Friends. Save a Child’s Life Through Diapers.com
As a pregnant mom of a toddler, I am always looking for simple shopping solutions. Those first few years are full of so many firsts; you don’t want to miss a moment while you’re running errands – driving back and forth to the store buying diapers and other necessities for your little one...
April 16, 2013
Celebrating the Power of Women
Today, March 8, marks International Women’s Day. Recognized since the early 1900s we celebrate the achievements of incredible women from around the globe. Here at Shot@Life, I am often inspired by the actions of the strong women working tirelessly under every condition imaginable to provide children with access to global vaccines.
March 8, 2013
Make an impact today
The impact of a vaccine lasts a lifetime. A simple vaccine helps give a child a shot at taking their first steps, saying their first words, and dreaming of their future. Immunizations help save the lives of 2.5 million children from deadly preventable diseases each year. While these numbers are staggering, it is hard to understand how that impacts our everyday lives. Today, Shot@Life is kicking off 28 Days of Impact...
February 1, 2013
Bill Gates Annual Letter: Applying Simple Business to Worldwide Problems
Bill Gates’ annual letter this year proves once again that he is determined to bettering the world around us.
January 31, 2013
The last reported case of polio in India – could have been me
When I look at pictures of three-and-a-half-year-old Rukhsar, the last reported case of wild polio in India, all I can think is that could have been me. With her round brown face and her direct gaze, she even looks like I did when I was a toddler. My Indian parents who migrated to North America never received their polio vaccine when they were infants. When my sister and I were born, they proudly took us to receive our vaccine against a disease they had seen so many suffer from...
January 13, 2013
Happy New Year from Shot@Life!
What a year! Since the official launch of the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life Campaign in April, we have trained hundreds of grassroots Champions, held dynamic events in more than five cities, garnered many new partnerships, launched our new mobile app to track childhood milestones, sent a remarkable delegation to Uganda to witness a Family Health Day, launched the first hugely successful Blogust relay saving over 10,000 lives, and all the while working toward making sure every child has access to life-saving vaccines...
January 5, 2013
That was just the beginning
I have some exciting news! Thanks to your generous support over the holidays, Shot@Life exceeded its goal by raising more than $27,000 for life-saving vaccines in developing countries. You helped protect over 1,300 children from four of the most deadly and disabling diseases...
January 4, 2013
Make your gift count
This holiday season, while you’re making your shopping list and planning gatherings with family and friends, take a minute to give an unforgettable gift to children around the world – a gift that will help give them a chance at a healthy life...
December 18, 2012
Polio still paralyzes children. You can help.
As the daughter of immigrants from India, I grew up regularly hearing about the horrors of polio – ravaging communities, paralyzing and crippling thousands of children. Earlier this year we celebrated a major milestone in India. A country that had half of the world’s polio cases in 2009 became free of the disease. In fact, there has not been a reported case of polio in India for almost two years thanks to life-saving vaccines. While this crippling disease has been eliminated in India, polio still wreaks havoc in some of the most difficult parts of the world...
October 22, 2012
Celebrating a 15 year milestone!
On the Shot@Life team, we are always celebrating milestones. Whether it’s a childhood milestone like getting to be a big sister, or helping to reach a global health milestone by eradicating polio by 99 percent, milestones are top of mind and a cause for celebration. Today, I am excited to share that the United Nations Foundation has reached an historic milestone.
October 16, 2012
Don’t let one more milestone pass you by
Sometimes, we’re just too busy and can't find the time to chronicle every significant moment of our child's development. But wouldn't it be great if there was a tool for busy parents to help make it easier to record and capture most of them?
October 1, 2012
Let’s face it. Parenting takes a lot out of you. Sometimes by the end of the day, I barely have enough energy to give my two year old a bath let alone take a minute to fill out his baby book with milestones and memories. But, these moments matter and I know 10 years from now I’ll wish I could remember each and every one of them...
September 22, 2012